A long life with a particular signature: life course and aging for people with disabilities

J Gerontol Soc Work. 2012;55(2):95-111. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2011.633975.


What does it mean to live a long life and grow old with disabilities? Or to be an aging parent and still be a caregiver to a disabled adult child? These are questions discussed in this article, the aim of which is to show how a life course perspective adds insight to the lived experience of disability and ageing of adults with disabilities. It is argued that the time concept is fundamental to the understanding of the lives of disabled people. Results are presented which challenge established knowledge regarding disability policies, autonomy, body, biographical disruption and prerequisites of active aging.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aged / psychology
  • Aging* / psychology
  • Disabled Persons* / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retirement
  • Sweden